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FATTENING WALL STREET — Mike Whitney reports on the rapid metamorphosis of new Fed Chair Janet Yallin into a lackey for the bankers, bond traders and brokers. The New Religious Wars Over the Environment: Joyce Nelson charts the looming confrontation between the Catholic Church and fundamentalists over climate change, extinction and GMOs; A People’s History of Mexican Constitutions: Andrew Smolski on the 200 year-long struggle of Mexico’s peasants, indigenous people and workers to secure legal rights and liberties; Spying on Black Writers: Ron Jacobs uncovers the FBI’s 50 year-long obsession with black poets, novelists and essayists; O Elephant! JoAnn Wypijewski on the grim history of circus elephants; PLUS: Jeffrey St. Clair on birds and climate change; Chris Floyd on the US as nuclear bully; Seth Sandronsky on Van Jones’s blind spot; Lee Ballinger on musicians and the State Department; and Kim Nicolini on the films of JC Chandor.
Archives from May 2003
Who Is Next?
SASAN FAYAZMANESH
The events of September 11, 2001, gave the so-called neo-cons a perfect opportunity to realize an old dream: the US subjugation of Iraq. Before this subjugation, however, the neo-cons prepared the grounds by engaging in an incessant and massive campaign about the...
The Economics of Health Care in America
YVES ENGLER
There were demonstrations of 600,000 people in Paris and 90,000 in Germany this past Sunday. Strikes have paralyzed both France and Austria recently. In Peru on Tuesday President Alejandro Toledo declared a 30-day state of emergency and sent troops into the street...
Ayatollah Rumsfeld’s Busy Week
WAYNE MADSEN
America’s Ayatollah, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, has borrowed liberally from the late Iranian Ayatollah Khomeini in ordering the Palestinian Authority’s diplomatic mission to be seized by American troops. On May 29, U.S. troops in Baghda...
A Duet of the People
GILA SVIRSKY
Oh, Mother Jerusalem, You lie there naked with fear, A mermaid in an enchanted bed, A wall encircling you, Burning like a candle from within, But the houses–locked shut In loneliness and tears. I...
Bush’s Illegal War
DANIEL BACHER
Burns Weston, Director of the University of Iowa Center for Human Rights and a leading authority on international human rights law, contends that the U.S. and British war in Iraq was completely illegal, according to the existing body of international law regarding...
Wasted at the Pentagon
STANDARD SCHAEFER
The Bush administration recently shelved a report commissioned by the Treasury that shows the US currently faces a future of chronic federal budget deficits totaling at least $44,200bn in current US dollars . Shortly before this, the San Francisco Chronicle publis...
Wake Up America
ELAINE CASSEL
I teach law and psychology, and also do a good deal of public speaking, mostly to lawyers, educators, and social workers. Since September 11, 2001, I have been watching closely what the Bush dictatorship is doing at home and abroad. I continue to be disgusted and ...
Barbra Streisand Environmental Hypocrite
CHRIS CLARKE
In the on-stage preamble to his song "Love Me, I’m A Liberal," the late Phil Ochs used to describe the classic liberal as "ten degrees to the left of center when times are good; ten degrees to the right of center if it affects them personally....
Yo Democrats! Wake Up!
JASON LEOPOLD
Hey you! Tom Daschle. WAKE UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You’ve been taking Tylenol PM again haven’t you? I knew it. I told you that stuff makes you groggy. Get your punk ass out of bed and get back to work. And this time don’t forget to dust off your balls,...
A Duet of the People
GILA SVIRSKY
Oh, Mother Jerusalem, You lie there naked with fear, A mermaid in an enchanted bed, A wall encircling you, Burning like a candle from within, But the houses–locked shut In loneliness and tears. I...
Cops of the World
STEW ALBERT
Our troops will not be coming home just yet seems like Iraq isn’t really ready for Rummy’s Empire of Arabia. Occupied but not defeated its army hiding out in T Shirts its Shiites growling in the streets. The national lootatho...
Bush’s Tax Cuts
ROBERT FREEMAN
Insanity, said Albert Einstein, is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results. By this measure, the latest Bush tax cuts qualify as certifiably insane. Where have we seen this deranged fiscal strategy before? Remember Ronald R...
Clinton, Bush, Lies and Impeachment
DAVE LINDORFF
Everyone agreed that it was not the sex. It was the lying, right? If having extramarital sex in the White House were an impeachable offense, the impeachment of presidents would long ago have become a routine affair. We’d have seen Roosevelt, Ike, Kennedy, Jo...
Recolonizing Iraq
TARIQ ALI
Unsurprisingly, the Security Council has capitulated completely, recognised the occupation of Iraq and approved its re-colonisation by the United States and its bloodshot British adjutant. The timing of the mea culpa by the ‘international community’ wa...
Behind the Neo-Con Curtain
NORMAN MADARASZ
Much ink has been spilt of late on the role played by philosopher Leo Strauss (d. 1973) on the education of a number of prominent neoconservative ideologues who now occupy key intelligence and advisory positions in the Bush administration. It is ironic to see the ...
The Day of the Jackals
ARUNDHATI ROY
Editors’ Note: ARUNDHATI ROY has become one of the best-known voices of the international opposition to George W. Bush’s war on the world. A former film designer, actor and screenplay writer in India, Roy is the author of the nove...
Anti-Imperialism, Then and Now
ANTHONY GANCARSKI
Fred H. Harrington is a forgotten name to many, though there was a time when he was a big name in American letters. His academic specialty was American diplomatic history, which he taught at University of Wisconsin before becoming that school’s president in ...
Weapons of Mass Destruction: Who Said What When
CounterPunch Wire
Every day Saddam remains in power with chemical weapons, biological weapons, and the development of nuclear weapons is a day of danger for the United States. Sen. Joseph Lieberman, D-CT, September 4, 2002 Simply stated, there is no doubt...
Vouchers for Jesus
KIMBERLY BLAKER
This month, Americans United for Separation of Church and State (AU) filed suit over a recently approved Denver County voucher program in violation of Colorado’s constitution, the first voucher program to pass since the Supreme Court ruling one-year ago that...
Does It Matter That the Bush Administration Lied?
TOM STEPHENS
"I don’t believe anyone that I know in the administration ever said that Iraq had nuclear weapons." - Donald Rumsfeld, May 14, 2003 "We believe he has, in fact, reconstituted nuclear weapons." ...
The Strategist and the Philosopher
ALAIN FRACHON And DANIEL VERNET
Translated for CounterPunch by Norman Madarasz. Who are the neoconservatives playing a vital role in the US president’s choices by the side of Christian fundamentalists? And who were their master thinkers, Albert Wohlstetter and Leo Strau...
The Devil’s Advocate
GARY LEUPP
  Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive. You make use of the post 9-11 fear and anger to implement plans for change in Southwest Asia and the Arab world that you, and your colleagues in...
Trivializing Terrorism
JOANNE MARINER
Call it a politically convenient coincidence of timing. Or else be blunt, connect the dots, and call it a political favor. In the wake of Spain’s support for the war in Iraq, and with Spanish elections upcoming, the State Department recently announced the ad...
Gravity’s End Zone
ADAM ENGEL
I’m bad. Bad to the bone-marrow. B-b-b-bad. Nevertheless – and how’s this for "Un-American" sour grapes? – THE MAN is so deep inside my head I can’t even croak-out without melodrama, without conjuring up some fantasy ...
The Bad Fence
NEVE GORDON
Jerusalem. Although Mazmuriah is located less than 20 minutes drive from my Jerusalem apartment, all roads connecting the small village to the city have been blocked off. Using roundabout roads which wind across the hilly terrain of the southern Jeru...
Our Endangered Ocean
TODD STEINER
Last month another major warning flag on the state of our oceans was hoisted when Canadian scientists reported that 90 percent of the world’s big fish have disappeared from the seas. Their study found that the largest and some of the most economically import...
A Whiner Called David Horowitz Moans at Sid Blumenthal and Imagined CIA Slur; A Commie Called Graydon Carter; What Chavez Said to Lula
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Merely from the whines and howls of his numerous enemies on the right, you can tell that Sid Blumenthal has drawn blood in his book The Clinton Wars, many pages of which are spent detailing what his pal Hillary Clinton famously referred to as "a vast right-wi...
The Devil’s Advocate
CHRIS FLOYD
Too little attention has been paid to a remarkable declaration by George W. Bush in his State of the Union address last January. In between great lardbuckets of warmongering lies and vacuous preening, Bush also delivered this ringing passage: "We do not claim...
HUAC 58 Years Letter
HAMMOND GUTHRIE And STEW ALBERT
As my fingers plucked it from the letter box the envelope and I began to sweat bullets– HUAC was inviting me to attend the investigation Cherokee DNA in my cellular magma, Cousin Sam dead in the Alamo, Cousin Woody singin’ in heaven– and n...
Bush Nuclear Policy
MICHELLE CIARROCCA
The Bush administration has its foreign policy hands full with each nation in its "Axis of Evil." From the ongoing search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, to the appearance of negotiations with North Korea, and the push to declare Iran in violati...
Kitchen Dreams
SUSAN DAVIS
Here’s Marion Cunningham, author of the new Fanny Farmer Cookbook, telling a novice how to cut up an onion: "Using a paring knife, slice off the fuzzy brownish root end and the stem top… Peel off the papery outer brownish yellow skin of the...
Utah Fired Up for Executions
SEAN CARTER
For fans of the death penalty, June is shaping up to be a banner month. As usual, executions are scheduled in Texas and Oklahoma. However, June is special because Tennessee, Ohio, Indiana and Utah have all scheduled executions as well. In fact, Utah, which ...
Is a Television a Radio or a Billboard
LARRY MAGNUSON
Forget Michael Powell? It’s almost too easy to do. When he’s not out antitrust busting at corporate cocktail parties where John Q. Public and the paparazzi are shunned, Powell’s been staying out of the public view on his own. The job of FCC Chair...
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Agenda
BEN TRIPP
You look at the way this White House is feeding turds through the fan and you wonder how they can possibly expect to get away with it: pardon my coprolalia, but it seems this administration is hell-bent on spraying dookie over the world like some Brobdinagian chim...
Return to Iran? Popular Uprising, Inc.
RON JACOBS
I visited some friends over the Memorial Day weekend whose television is all too often tuned to FoxNews. As you might guess, our views on foreign affairs and the economy are not very similar. Fortunately, we spent most of our time working, drinking beer and watchi...
Stakeknife
HARRY BROWNE
Editors’ Note: On Thursday, May 29, elections to the Northern Ireland Assembly should have taken place. However, earlier this month Tony Blair decided to postpone the elections because, he said, of the failure of the IRA to come up with a statem...
Despite Thin Intelligence Reports, the US Plans to Overthrow Iranian Regime
JASON LEOPOLD
Here we go again. While postwar Iraq continues to crumble, the Bush administration is now setting its sights on a new target–Iran–in its so-called effort to reshape most of the Middle East and bring democracy to countries ruled by vicious dictators. Bu...
A PNAC Primer
BERNARD WEINER
Recently, I was the guest on a radio talk-show hosted by a thoroughly decent far-right Republician. I got verbally battered, but returned fire and, I think, held my own. Toward the end of the hour, I mentioned that the National Security Strategy — promulgat...
My Grandfather’s Medal
DAVE LINDORFF
My father, a World War II Marine veteran, stood in this past Memorial Day for a reawarding of a Silver Star to my grandfather at a ceremony hosted by the local American Legion in a small town in northeastern Connecticut. My grandfather died half a century ago, and...
The Oily Business of Regime Change
AHMAD FARUQUI
About fifty years ago, in July 1953, the U.S. secretary of state held a press conference in which he stated, "The growing activities of the illegal Communist Party in Iran and the toleration of them by the Iranian government has caused our government much con...
Texas Democrats Set a Standard for the Whole Party
ROBERT JENSEN
Republicans dominate Texas politics, but the national Democrats could learn a simple lesson from the state: Before you can become the party in power, you have to be a real opposition party. When 51 Democratic members of the Texas House of Representatives le...
DubyaCo.
DAVID VEST
Having destroyed Iraq, the United States now proposes to rebuild it with the money generated from the sale of Iraqi oil, which will be flowing again, we are told, within three weeks. Thus will Iraq’s natural wealth be pumped directly into the coffers of Bech...
Disarming Conundrums
HAMMOND GUTHRIE
While not pursuing, developing, building, manufacturing, deploying or "using" nuclear weapons to make this a safer world Iran has vowed to continue its nuclear program developing reactors said to provide electricity essential to th...
America’s Dying
JOHN STANTON
The wonderfully bizarre and philosophically fertile novel Insatiability, written in 1927 by Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz, describes a society in rancid decay faced with the external threat of a "Sino-Mongolian" army with some very distinct Soviet and Nazi...
Star Wars, Punctuated Epistemology, and the Triumph of the Medieval
FRANKLIN C. SPINNEY
Few would argue with the proposition that the replacement of medieval scholasticism 400 years ago with the scientific method unleashed major advances in the human condition. That triumph of facts and reason over interests and faith rests on the invention of...
The Final Conflict
STEW ALBERT
A new big lie is being told. Al Qaeda has found a happy home in Iran. No solid evidence exists for Rummy’s claim, it doesn’t have to. He’ll repeat it again and again the media will go jumping into embed....
Why Bush Isn’t Bringing the Majority of the Troops Home
SAM HAMOD
Yes, it’s true, some of the naval force and some pilots have returned home to America and a few of the wounded. But have you noticed, the bulk of our marines and soldiers have not returned from Iraq or Afghanistan. It may be that America has trained a new gr...
W.’s Woman Problem
ANTHONY GANCARSKI
The splash page on ESPN.com said it all. "Almost time to sign off" from the Jocks to GIs program, a "support our troops" operation launched back when such were fashionable, shut down even as US soldiers find that an occupying soldier is very mu...
What Sharon Wants, Sharon Gets
KATHLEEN CHRISTISON
The Israeli cabinet’s highly qualified acceptance on Sunday of the "roadmap" to peace between Israel and the Palestinians is likely to mean the final derailment of this latest in a line of misbegotten peace plans. Just a random sampling of the Sund...
Condoleezza Rice
KURT NIMMO
In an interview with the Israeli newspaper Yediot Aharonot, National Security Adviser and daughter of a Presbyterian minister, Condoleezza Rice, recently expanded upon her Christian Zionist ideology. "I first visited Israel in 2000. I already then felt that I...